How to Lower Your Heating Bills in West Columbia this Winter01/02/2015 The low temperatures in winter usually lead to high heating bills. Does anyone know of ways to keep your home toasty without escalating your energy cost so much? Yes! Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. has some advice for you to help keep your home comfortable and your heating bills lower. Use these tips to help boost your energy efficiency and help reduce your heating bills this winter: Make the most of sunny days in West Columbia to help heat your home naturally. Pull back the curtains and open the blinds so the sun can give your furnace a little [[help|boost|break]14. Keep the cold air from leaking in. Seal your windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. The more you can control the temperature in your home, the more you can manage your energy usage. A programmable thermostat will get the job done and enhance your home’s energy efficiency. Clogged, dirty furnace filters make your furnace work more and decrease your energy efficiency. Clean or replace them every three months. Do a quick check of your home. Are any vents or cold air returns blocked? Remove anything that’s blocking them for better airflow and efficiency. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, start looking for a new energy-efficient model. This could save you the cost of emergency repairs and will help decrease your energy bills for years to come. You’re probably aware that heat rises. Don’t let your heat rise so far and sneak out through the attic. Make sure it’s well insulated to keep warm air where you need it. Many people don’t realize this, but heat can also escape through your roof. Check it for loose or missing shingles and holes or areas that need to be sealed. It may seem like managing your home’s energy efficiency is difficult, but with these tips, it should be a little easier. If you’re looking for more ways to boost your home’s energy efficiency, give us a call at 803-796-9172 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year, even in the harshest West Columbia weather.